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UvA Thesis Prize 2021

Alumni who graduated at the UvA between 1 February 2020 and 1 February 2021 and received a mark of 8.5 or higher for their Master's thesis can participate in the UvA Thesis Prize 2021.

UvA Thesis Prize 2021

The best and most original master thesis written at the UvA is rewarded each year with the UvA Thesis Prize. This prize, an extra acknowledgement to the university diploma will be presented on UvA Open, Saturday 5 June.

The jury judges the submissions by quality and originality. ‘Judging the submissions each year is a lot of work but certainly no punishment’, says chairman of the 2020 jury Fred Weerman. ‘It is a pleasure to take note of interesting, original, well researched and well worded findings of students about the many different topics. The width of the fields of science of the UvA can also be seen in the theses. That is why it sometimes seems that we are comparing apples to pears, but the jury is very capable and usually in unison.’

Master students that have graduated after 1 February 2020 or will graduate before 1 February 2021 and have received a mark of 8.5 or higher for their thesis, can participate in the UvA Thesis Prize 2021. Submissions for the UvA Thesis Prize 2021 are closed. 

Nominees UvA Thesis Prize 2021 

Lotte Mertens


The UvA Thesis Prize 2021 is for Lotte Mertens (Faculty of Science) for her thesis Spontaneous Unitary Violations and Effective Non-linearity in Relation to Quantum State Reduction. 

UvA Thesis Prize 2020 winners


The winner of the thesis prize 2021 has been announced during the online festival UvA Open. The winner receives 3000 euro, the other faculty winners receive 1000 euro. 

Rules and regulations and registration form


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